This book is extremely important for a software developer. It shows all the mistakes you can do - the guys making Chandler seem to have a knack for reinventing the wheel. And having had a blockbuster software title in the 80's does not make you a genius. Read this book, kids, and see how you can waste countelss hours and dollars to make something really easy - have you ever tried Palm Desktop?...Continua
Great book, very interesting. The main topics are many of the technical and not-so technical aspects of software development, explained clearly and in an understandable way, even for non-programmers.
Sometimes reading about the development cycles of "Chandler" is quite exasperating, as the people commit all sorts of errors (as programmers or as humans) while you scream "don't do that" in your head. But while one of the programmers decides for the n-th time to change the "object storage system", you simply know you'd probably make the same assumptions and the same errors...
A realistic insight in software development. As Donald Knuth puts it: "Software is hard."